-John Kelly, White House chief of staffAccording to the Post-where Woodward has worked as a reporter and editor for decades-the "thrust" of Fear: Trump in the White House "mostly focuses on substantive decisions and internal disagreements, including tensions with North Korea as well as the future of USA policy in Afghanistan".
She said that President Donald Trump's accomplishments don't get enough coverage in the press and added: "Democrats and their allies in the media understand the president's policies are working and with success like this, no one can beat him in 2020 - not even close". This is the worst job I've ever had, ' he supposedly said during one meeting. Woodward describes a meeting at the National Security Council in January, during which Trump repeatedly questioned Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis about why the USA spends so much money and time in the Korean Peninsula.
The book quotes Trump as mocking his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who has been a target of the president's wrath since recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation. "He's this dumb southerner", Trump said, according to the book.
Dowd told Trump: "Don't testify".
Revelations featured in the book include Defense Secretary Jim Matthis reportedly describing Trump as having the understanding of "a fifth- or sixth-grader" after a National Security Council meeting where the president questioned why the American government was spending money on a military presence on the Korean Peninsula. Other presidents may have had a problem with a staff person or two, and some staffers became disgruntled, but we don't know of a White House characterised by this kind of mutual contempt.
According to Woodward, when Trump finally condemned them, he nearly immediately told aides: "That was the biggest fucking mistake I've made" and the "worst speech I've ever given".
"This guy is mentally retarded", Trump said of the former Alabama senator he picked to lead the Justice Department.
Donald Trump wanted to have the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, assassinated previous year but his defense secretary ignored the request, according to the book, which depicts top Trump aides sometimes sidestepping instructions to limit what they see as his damaging and unsafe behavior. "I think they do".
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Let's go in. Let's kill the f--king lot of them", Trump said in one of the highlights of the 448-page book that was described in an article Tuesday in The Washington Post, where Woodward has long worked. I told you he was a [expletive] dumbbell. And: Woodward writes that Dowd and Sekulow did a reenactment of Trump's interview for Mueller to explain why he could never testify.
The Post report on Tuesday recounts a National Security Council meeting on January 19, citing Woodward's upcoming book, "Fear: Trump in the White House". "We'll see what happens", Trump said.
"The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly", Trump tweeted.
"I probably would have preferred to speak to him, but maybe not".
Trump himself is described as saving much of his ire for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Previous explosive accounts of internal White House fights have often been contradicted by the president or his aides, and by subjects of the books.
"Fear: Trump In The White House" paints a picture of an administration in chaos, with Trump aides quoted as calling him an "idiot" and admitting they snatched sensitive documents off his desk to keep him from taking rash actions.